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Create an Ethereal Landscape

Creating a “soft glamour glow” is a popular Photoshop technique for portraiture. When applied to a landscape photograph, the same technique adds a sense of the ethereal and the fanciful. For this tutorial I will be using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Here is the original photograph, taken in the red mountains of Sedona, Arizona. (Click any […]

Focus Stacking in Landscape Photography

The creative use of depth of field is one of the first things we learn as photographers. To some it was an epiphany to learn that we can choose which aspects of our image are in focus – from the smallest portion to the largest landscape. We know that if we choose a small aperture, […]

Create A Custom Preset In Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 comes with a bunch of great presets, and I find myself using a combination of four of them fairly often. I decided to create a custom preset that incorporates all four presets, so I can apply the effects with a single click. For a lot of my landscape photos, I like […]

Clarity vs. Sharpening in Lightroom

One of the last steps that we perform in post-processing is sharpening our photos. I find myself to be a greater fan of “clarity” when post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (or Lightroom 3), and apply it with a more liberal hand than I apply sharpening. But what is the difference between clarity and sharpening? […]

How To Update Your Firmware

Canon recently announced the latest version of Firmware for the Canon EOS 7D. Version 2.0.x provides all sorts of new improvements and features over the original firmware, most notably a higher maximum burst rate (25 vs. 15 RAW images at 8 fps), manual audio level adjustment capabilities, GPS locator compatibility, and increased ISO. In general, […]

Expose for the Sky

A reader recently asked, “I’ve read a lot of photography articles where they say to “expose for the background” or “meter for the subject”, then “recompose and shoot”. When I do that, it still doesn’t work! My camera just adjusts the exposure for whatever I’m focusing on. For instance, if I want to take a […]

Bit Depth vs. Dynamic Range in Layman’s Terms

Hi friends! A reader recently sent me an e-mail asking me to explain the difference between bit depth and dynamic range, so I thought I would post the explanation here for everyone’s benefit. Bit Depth A bit is defined as the smallest unit of data. It’s binary – it can be either 1 or 0, […]

A Splash of Color in Lightroom

Here is how to add a splash of color to a black and white photo, using Lightroom 3. The original photo (SOOC): I want to make the entire photo black and white, with the exception of the red stairs. In the Develop module, click on the Adjustment Brush, and in the tool menu that appears, […]

Your Weekend Project – Drip Drip Drop!

I just had way too much fun taking pictures of drops of water. This is a GREAT rainy-day (or cold winter day) photography project. It’s also a great teaching method if you have children or teens interested in photography! Here’s what you need: – A camera (naturally!) – A tripod – An external flash – […]

How To Photograph Fireworks

Well, my friends in the U.S., it’s that time of year again! Time for the nearly-obligatory post about how to photograph fireworks for your 4th of July celebration. 1. Location. It’s important to get to your location early so you can scout out a vantage point with uninterrupted views. I personally like to be up […]

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